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Poster: Reade Date: Mar 29, 2012 3:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Can somebody please explain '71 to me?

One word: Personnel.
Nothing changed the Dead's sound from time to time like tweaks to the starting lineup.
Mickey leaves in Feb. of '71. Pig is in and out fo the lineup throughout '71. Keith starts rehearsing with them in September of that year.

Jerry once famously said (in '71) that Dark Star performances consisted of 'structral poles which we occasionally do away with.' To me those changes coincided with personnel changes.
The Dark Star of '70 is unlike that of '71, which is unlike '72. Lots of coming and going in those years.